‘Place at the Table’


Reading your editorial about our Church’s involvement, (CNY, Sept. 15) in the much-maligned United Nations was refreshing and hopeful, especially with our world’s great refugee crisis. The moral and ethical issues the Faith represents “applies to all members of the human family,” with its beautiful diversity, and with issues arising from such diversity. “More than ever before in human history, we share a common destiny. We can master it only if we face it together. And that is why we have the United Nations.” —Kofi Annan, former U.N. secretary-general

Our human nature contains many inconsistencies, biases and prejudices for those who are different. The United Nations can only succeed in as much as the human fallacies of its leadership and representatives permit. Sinful nature exists in all of us in various degrees, but can be overcome through spiritual, religious beliefs and practices gaining a deeper insight into God.

Hopefully, one day we’ll see an improvement of the human condition, but currently there is nothing better and nothing will be definitely worse. As you state in the editorial, “…the United Nations, is nothing if not a forum for those who disagree on any number of things to still have a place at the table.” The Vatican and many other spiritual, religious, humane organizations understand the importance of this forum. Patience and firm spiritual beliefs among the representatives of all faith give the greatest hope and maybe one day, man-made human crises will no longer exist.

Glenn Slaby

New Rochelle


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